Jimmy Greaves

One of the most naturally gifted and prolific strikers of any era, Jimmy Greaves was born to score goals and in an iconic career that spanned three glorious decades, that is exactly what he did with an unerring regularity for club and country. Greaves was simply sensational in front of goal and from the moment...

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Ian St John

After impressing as a young striker at his hometown club Motherwell, Ian St John was signed by Liverpool for a club record £37,500 in 1961 - and the striker quickly established himself as a key figure at Anfield, scoring a hat-trick on his debut and notching 18, 19 and 21 goals in his first three...

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Alan Hansen

Alan Hansen is best known and respected as the analytical pundit on BBC’s Match of the Day, when he shows an in-depth knowledge of the game that he played better than most. He was a poised and polished central defender with Partick Thistle and then Liverpool, where he was captain during their golden age of...

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Lee Dixon

Lee Dixon was the cultured yet competitive right-back in George Graham’s hugely success Arsenal team. Before arriving at Highbury, he laid the foundation to his career with Burnley, Chester City, Bury and Stoke City. Burnley-born Lee had the distinction of playing at 91 of the 92 Football League grounds, missing out only at Craven Cottage....

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Les Ferdinand

Les Ferdinand was a graceful yet powerful centre-forward idolised at every club where he took his shooting boots: Hayes, Queen’s Park Rangers, Brentford, Besiktas (Turkey), Newcastle United, Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester City, Bolton and Reading. Paddington-born Les scored 184 League goals on his have-boots-will-travel journey, and netted five goals in 17 England appearances. Affectionately nicknamed...

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Neil Ruddock

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Neville Southall

Neville Southall was one of the greatest goalkeepers of his time. He was a mainstay of the Everton and Wales team for over a decade, before moving into management. He was born and grew up in Llandudno and originally played centre back for his school team and Llandudno Swifts, alongside Joey Jones. He had unsuccessful...

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Ian Rush

One of the British game's most naturally talented and feared goalscorers, Ian Rush found the back of the net with unerring regularity for both club and country throughout his glittering 21-year professional career. Born in St Asaph in 1961, the Welsh striker made his name at club level in the red of Liverpool but it...

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John McGovern

John McGovern entered the land of football legend when he skippered the Brian Clough-managed Nottingham Forest side that won back-to-back European Cup finals. A skilful and industrious midfield player, he won promotion with Cloughie’s Hartlepool and then followed him to Derby, Leeds and Forest. Not surprisingly, his talks are peppered with absorbing anecdotes about Clough...

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Norman Hunter

Norman Hunter was one of the most famous and feared defenders back in the days when football was very much a game of physical contact. He earned the fitting nickname ‘Bite Yer Legs’ with challenges that left opponents bruised and bemused. Gateshead-born Norman played alongside Jack Charlton in the tough but talented Leeds team that...

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Alan Kennedy

Twenty years have now passed since the greatest period of European dominance by any English football club came to an end. Between 1977 and 1984, Liverpool won the European Cup an unprecedented four times - and it was an unlikely figure that dominated the headlines for the last two of those victories - left-back Alan...

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John Hartson

John Hartson is an inspirational speaker who has come through a battle with cancer in a courageous manner that has earned him the admiration of all who have followed his touching story. Capped 51 times by Wales, he was a barnstorming striker with Luton, Arsenal, West Ham, Wimbledon, Coventry, Celtic and West Bromwich Albion. Swansea-born...

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Charlie George

A cult figure in Arsenal folklore, Charlie George was a north London lad who fulfilled his dream of playing for his beloved Gunners and will forever be remembered for his goal in the 1971 FA Cup final at Wembley. Born in Islington in 1950, George signed for Arsenal at the age of 16. He made...

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Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson was one of the most intelligent goalkeepers ever to play the game, and was the thinking man’s goalie. A former schoolteacher, he started his career as an amateur with Wolves before joining Arsenal and quickly establishing himself as a master last line of defence. Born in Chesterfield of Scottish parents, he was the...

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Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp is one of the most popular characters in British football, whose Cockney wit lightens the sometimes too serious world of the Premier League. Born in the East End, Harry was a quick and inventive right winger with West Ham before starting an eventful managerial career with Bournemouth in 1983. He later managed the...

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Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne is the latest addition to the star-studded A1 speakers' stable. As you can imagine, he has a huge store of amazing stories to share about his life and times in and out of football, the game he played with more skill than almost anybody else on the planet. Paul was without argument the...

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Sir Bobby Charlton

Sir Bobby Charlton is arguably the most famed and feted footballer in the history of the British game, and we at A1 Sporting Speakers are proud and privileged to have an exclusive autograph-signing contract with the first knight of football. He and older brother Jack were, of course, mainstays of the England team that won...

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Lee Sharpe

Lee Sharpe has transcended football with his winning personality that has brought him wide popularity in reality television programmes, most notably Love Island where he garnered many national newspaper headlines. Lee had a lively playing career, winning eight England caps at his peak and featuring in 147 League games with Manchester United before moving on...

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Ian Wright

Ian Wright has an electric personality that used to light up the matches in which he played and now brings radiance to his appearances as a TV and radio performer and after-dinner speaker. He was a lethal striker, whose speed and shooting power devastated many defences in a career during which he gathered 387 goals...

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Teddy Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham became part of Manchester United folklore when he helped them win the Treble of FA Cup, Premier League championship and European Champions’ League title in the 1998-99 season. This was the Everest peak of his achievements during a goal-gorged career which also took him to Millwall, Nottingham Forest, Tottenham (twice), Portsmouth, West Ham...

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Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce is a humorous and hard-hitting after-dinner speaker, always talking frankly just as he has done as a prominent manager with Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers. He was a tough-as-nails defender with a string of clubs including Bolton, Sunderland, Millwall, Coventry, Huddersfield and Preston. During his have-boots-will-travel career he picked...

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Paul Merson

What you see with Paul Merson is what you get. He is a full-on, hugely entertaining character who is larger than life and always brimming over with enthusiasm and energy. The same could have been said of him as a gifted footballer in an eventful career that saw him capped 21 times by England while...

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Ray Parlour

If you are looking for a former England player who can laugh at himself and the vagaries of life, then Ray is your man. He was a skillful and energetic midfield player with Arsenal, Middlesbrough and Hull City, and collected 10 international caps during the reign of Kevin Keegan. Ray has a sharp sense of...

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Phil Thompson

As you would expect of a player discovered and developed by Bill Shankly, Phil is up to his ears in fascinating football stories that cover his 45 years in the game as a player, coach, manager and television pundit. Cut him and he bleeds Liverpool-red blood. An always-dependable defender, he played more than 400 games...

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John Fashanu

Known in the game as Fash, John is as colourful and interesting as his background – a Nigerian Dad and a Guyanese Mum. He is ultra intelligent, and mixed brain with his brawn when leading the Wimbledon attack for eight years in their golden era. He helped the Dons win the FA Cup against all...

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Tony Adams

Tony Adams remains a towering figure in football, particularly at Arsenal where he was a hero for all seasons over a remarkable span of 22 years. An inspiring and dedicated skipper, he led the Gunners to four top-flight League championships, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, the European Cup Winners’ Cup and three FA...

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Michael Owen

Michael is the football marksman turned horse whisperer. The player who was one of the greatest English strikers of modern times now part-owns a magnificent racehorse training yard that is home to a string of expensive thoroughbreds. Michael retired from football in March 2013 following an illustrious career during which he played for Liverpool (158...

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John Aldridge

‘Gentleman John’ remains one of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of the Football League, his 330 goals making him the sixth top marksman in the all-time list. He missed the scouting net early on and was 20 before he broke into the League with Newport County, finally arriving at his hometown club...

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Clive Allen

Clive played for more London clubs – QPR, Crystal Palace, Arsenal (just three pre-season friendlies), Chelsea, West Ham and Millwall – than any other footballer in history. It is, of course, Spurs with which he will always be associated, and in particular his golden 1986-87 season, when he scored 49 goals and was voted PFA...

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Ian Callaghan

Liverpool legend Ian Callaghan played an all-time record 856 games for the Merseyside club that he supported from his schooldays in Toxteth, and for whom he made his debut as a direct winger in 1960 at the end of Bill Shankly’s first season in charge. Late in his distinguished career he also briefly played for...

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Tony Cottee

In an impressive 19-year career, Tony was one of the most prolific marksmen of the 1980s and 1990s. He gathered most of his goals in the top-flight of English football with West Ham United Everton and Leicester City. Capped seven times by England, he also played for Birmingham City, Norwich, Millwall and had a spell...

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Trevor Francis

Forever known as Britain’s first £1 million footballer, Trevor was a European Cup winner with Nottingham Forest and played for England in 52 internationals. A boy wonder, he developed into one of the finest strikers on the world stage and was described by Fabio Capello as “the best British footballer ever to play in Italy.”...

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Archie Gemmill

Remembered for one of the all-time great World Cup goals – conjured for Scotland against Holland in the 1978 finals – Archie had a glittering career that took in passing duty for St Mirren, Preston, Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City, Wigan and, across the Pond, with the Jacksonville Teamen. He had a well-publicised love-hate...

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Ruud Gullit

One of the greatest footballers of his generation, Ruud was a Dutch master who captained Holland’s magnificent Euro 88 title-winning team and was European Footballer of the Year in 1987 and World Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989. A versatile player equally at home in defence or attack, he was a prominent player...

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Kevin Keegan

Arguably England’s first ‘superstar’ footballer, Kevin won back to back European Footballer of the Year awards while playing for Hamburg after joining them from Liverpool. A miner’s son, he kicked off his career with Scunthorpe before moving to Anfield in 1971, helping Bill Shankly’s team win three First Division titles, the Uefa Cup twice, the...

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Martin Keown

It was in 333 games in two spells at Arsenal that Martin Keown built his reputation as a tenacious and effective defender noted for his competitive spirit. He also played with distinction for Aston Villa and Everton, and collected 43 England caps over a ten-year international span. Other clubs he travelled with on the football...

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Mark Lawrenson

There is nothing conventional about Mark Lawrenson, one of the most entertaining characters on the after-dinner speaking circuit. As well as being a renowned television and radio football pundit, he can also talk with expertise about gardening, playing the trombone and flying kites. It is, of course, on football that he is a humorous and...

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Gary Mabbutt

If you measured a player’s popularity by character and commitment, Gary would rate as one of the greatest English footballers of all time. Throughout his career he battled without complaint against type-1 diabetes, and still managed to establish himself as a utility defender of the highest quality. After starting out with his hometown club Bristol...

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Rodney Marsh

One of the greatest of all entertainers on the pitch, Rodney has continued to amuse and take the attention since switching to media work after hanging up his boots. He made his name as a ball-juggling forward with Fulham, Queen’s Park Rangers and Manchester City before crossing the Pond to become a key player and...

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Phil Neal

Phil is one of the most honoured English footballers of all time. During his 11 years with Liverpool, this cultured right-back won eight First Divisions, four League Cups, five FA Charity Shields, four European Cups, one Uefa Cup and one Uefa Super Cup. Throughout his Liverpool career, Neal never missed a League game for the...

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Gary Neville

After a distinguished one-club career with Manchester United, Gary has now developed into the leading television football analyst with Sky Sports as well as coaching the England team as an enthusiastic assistant to Roy Hodgson. England’s most-capped right-back with a run of 85 matches, Gary was Manchester United’s captain for five years during their golden...

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Gary Pallister

A defender famous for his drive and defiance, Gary was a powerhouse in Manchester United’s golden era and helped them win four Premier Leagues, three FA Cups, the Football League Cup, five Charity Shields, the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup and the Super Cup. During his nine years at Old Trafford he was also capped 22...

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Peter Reid

There are few more experienced people on the British football scene than Peter, who has seen and done it all both as a battling player and dynamic manager. A warhorse of a defensive midfield player, he first established himself with Bolton Wanderers before joining Everton in 1982. He was voted PFA Players’ Player of the...

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Bryan Robson

Nicknamed Captain Marvel, Bryan was the longest-serving Manchester United skipper in the club’s history and also led England 65 times while winning 90 caps. He was a born leader, motivating the players around him with his competitive force, controlled fury and his consummate flair. From Chester-le-Street in County Durham, he established himself at West Bromwich...

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Graham Taylor

One of the most colourful and controversial of all England managers, Graham Taylor has many stories to share of his days in charge of the international team, when his sayings such as ‘do I not like that’ and ‘do I not like orange’ became national catchphrases. Graham was the son of a sportswriter, and knows...

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Andy Townsend

The son of a former professional, Andy played as a part-timer with Welling United and Weymouth while working as a computer technician. He was 21 before he made a breakthrough in the Football League under Lawrie McMenemy at Southampton. He was an industrious and intelligent midfielder who later travelled the football circuit with Norwich City,...

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Neil Warnock

Few people can match the football experiences and adventures of Neil, who has known all the peaks and troughs of the game. He played as a have-boots-will-travel winger for Chesterfield, Rotherham, Hartlepool, Scunthorpe, Aldershot, Barnsley, York City and Crewe. He then set off on an equally hectic managerial career with Gainsborough Trinity, Burton Albion, Scarborough,...

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Norman Whiteside

Belfast-born Norman was a boy wonder who broke records galore early in his career with Manchester United. He still holds records as the youngest player to take part in a World Cup, the youngest player to score in a League Cup and FA Cup final, and the youngest player to score a senior goal for...

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Ray Wilkins

One of the most gifted midfield schemers of his generation, Ray Wilkins won 84 England caps and was a pass master with Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Glasgow Rangers and Queen’s Park Rangers. He comes to the after-dinner speaking circuit armed with hundreds of fascinating anecdotes, and inside information of the greatest players...

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Steve Bull

Steve Bull's playing career offers the archetypal rags to riches story going all the way from non-league football to representing England at the 1990 World Cup. His personal loyalty to Wolves has ensured he will be forever remembered as a Molineux legend, and not just the clubs record goal scorer. He is Vice President at...

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Sir Geoff Hurst

Sir Geoff Hurst enjoyed a 17-year professional career with West Ham, Stoke City and West Bromich Albion but the England striker will forever be remembered for his iconic hat-trick against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley. Born in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1941, Hurst made his England debut in February 1966 and he...

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Martin Chivers

A pacey and powerful centre forward, Martin Chivers spent eight years at White Hart Lane and was key member of the early 1970s side that won silverware in three successive seasons under legendary manager Bill Nicholson Born in Southampton, he began his professional career with Saints but in January 1968 Nicholson decided he needed to...

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Ron Atkinson

Ron Atkinson is one of the finest, funniest and controversial speakers on the after-dinner circuit. He can call on a long career as a player and manager for stories that are never less than interesting and often quite hilarious, and he also has his adventures at the microphone to keep his audiences amused and, often,...

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Ossie Ardiles

One of the most popular players in Spurs' history, Ossie Ardiles epitomised the club's free-flowing football philosophy and in his 10 seasons in north London, the Argentinean midfielder became a cult figure who was worshipped by the White Hart Lane faithful. Signed in the wake of Argentina's 1978 World cup final triumph over Holland, the...

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Peter Shilton

One of the true legends of the English game, Peter Shilton enjoyed a glittering 30-year professional career in which he made over 1,000 competitive appearances for 11 different clubs and earned the admiration and respect from team-mates and opponents alike. It was however on the international stage that the goalkeeper would make his real mark....

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John Barnes

John Charles Bryan Barnes was born in the Jamaican capital of Kingston in 1963 but it was in England that he forged his reputation as one of the most exciting and gifted players of the 1980s and 1990s, amassing nearly 600 league appearances for Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle and Charlton before finally hanging up his boots....

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Peter Beardsley

Born and bred in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Peter Beardsley achieved his childhood ambition of representing his local club - and with some distinction too, racking up 117 goals from 321 appearances during two, four-year spells at St James' Park. Known for his pacey, incisive and skilful play Beardsley joined the Magpies from Vancouver Whitecaps for £150,000 in...

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Peter Bonetti

Peter Bonetti is a true great in the history of Chelsea football club and his natural athleticism, poise and unerringly safe hands graced Stamford Bridge for nearly 20 years, earning him nickname of 'The Cat' and the adulation of the Stamford Bridge faithful. Born in Putney in London in 1941, Bonetti was initially a Reading...

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Sir Trevor Brooking

Born and raised in the Barking area of east London, Brooking went on to make over 600 appearances for his beloved local club West Ham United, scoring 103 times during a 17 year spell at Upton Park. The midfielder was noted for his intelligent play, making the number 10 shirt his own at the Boleyn...

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George Cohen

Fulham football legend George Cohen spent his whole playing career at Fulham after joining in 1956 and remained a dependable performer for 13 years with a total of 459 appearances for the club. George Cohen won 37 caps for England between 1964 and 1967. He was ever present during the 1966 World Cup as an...

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Bruce Grobbelaar

A colourful and charismatic character, Bruce Grobbelaar spent 14 years in the Liverpool goal through the 1980s and 1990s and one of the most successful periods in the club's illustrious history and made a grand total of 440 league appearances for the Merseysiders. Born in Durban, South Africa, the goalkeeper joined the Reds in March...

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Roger Hunt

One of Anfield's favourite sons, Roger Hunt formed a formidable strike partnership with Ian St John for Liverpool through the 1960s and between them they scored an incredible 340 league goals in a decade that saw the club lay the foundations of the famous boot room dynasty. Hunt was signed by manager Phil Taylor in...

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Chris Kamara

Chris Kamara was a hard-as-nails defensive player whose career was more about taking part than winning. He played 641 League games on travels that took him to Portsmouth (twice), Swindon (twice), Brentford, Stoke, Leeds, Luton, Sheffield United (twice), Middlesbrough and Bradford City. While mainly a defensive player, he scored 28 goals in a more positive...

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Denis Law

Born in Aberdeen in 1940, Denis Law began his professional career in the 1950s with Huddersfield Town but it was in the famous red of Manchester United that the striker was to forge his reputation as one of Europe's finest and most entertaining talents. United signed him from Italian side Torino for a British record...

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Nobby Stiles

Born in Manchester in 1942, Nobby Stiles found fame with Manchester United but earned his place in English football folklore as part of Sir Alf Ramsey's 1966 World Cup-winning side. He and Old Trafford team-mate Sir Bobby Charlton remain the only two Englishmen in history to have won both the World and European Cup. The...

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Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks was one of the greatest goalkeepers of his or any other generation and he will forever be remembered for his heroic part in England’s triumphant 1966 World Cup campaign that culminated in the famous 4-2 victory over West Germany at Wembley in the final. Four years later, he was still England’s number one...

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Martin Peters

Martin Peters made his England debut a mere two months before the 1966 World Cup finals but his relative international inexperience was quickly forgotten as he forced his way into Sir Alf Ramsey's starting line-up and played a pivotal role in the side's famous victory over West Germany in the final. The West Ham midfielder...

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Pat Jennings

Patrick Anthony Jennings signed for Tottenham at the age of 19 and although his arrival at White Hart Lane generated few headlines or fanfare, he was to become arguably the greatest goalkeeper in the club's history. The Northern Irish legend spent 13 distinguished years at Spurs, amassing an incredible 472 league appearances for the Lilywhites...

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Jack Charlton

Famed for his part in England's legendary 1966 World Cup triumph over West Germany at Wembley, Jack Charlton also enjoyed a distinguished 20 year professional career at Elland Road and no other player has made more league appearances for the Yorkshire club. Charlton made his senior debut for Leeds in April 1953 and within teo...

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Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris

Anyone who watched football in the 1960s and 70s will react to any mention of the name Chopper. To supporters of most clubs, Ron Harris was a brutal villain of the game, a no-nonsense stopper whose very presence on the pitch would raise the temperature by several degrees. To Chelsea supporters, however, he epitomised a...

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Steve Perryman

Stephen John Perryman joined Spurs as hopeful teenage apprentice in the summer of 1967 and in doing so began a love affair with the club and fans that was to span 19 glorious years and a record 854 first appearances for the Lilywhites. He made his senior debut in 1969 and under the watchful eye...

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Ricardo Villa

Ricardo Villa will always be famed and feted for his ‘Goal of the Century’ for Tottenham in the 1981 FA Cup final replay against Manchester City at Wembley. Now he is making an army of friends with his charming and fascinating after-dinner speeches in which he reveals what it was like for he and Osvaldo...

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Matt Le Tissier

Matthew Le Tissier was born on 14th October, 1968 in St. Peter Port, Guernsey. He played youth football on the island and was clearly a class above his team. After a failed trial at Oxford United he signed to Southampton in May 1985. He played his first professional game on 2nd September 1986. From 1986...

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